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Re: (IAAC) Obj: M 77, NGC 1068 - Inst: 40" f/5 dob



Hi Lew,
	Thanks for the compliment, it's been awhile
since I've been accused of being subtle! <g> 
This new scope has indeed taken some getting used
to.  The eyepiece is between 16 and 17 feet above
the floor of the observatory when pointed at the
zenith.  But the views afforded by this scope
have been great motivation to overcome my fear of
heights. The amount of detail visible, especially
in small bright objects such as Hubble's variable
nebula, and the eskimo nebula to name two that
come to mind, very closely approximates what is
visible in long exposure photographs.  I look
forward to recording many more observations with
this scope.

Mark

Lew Gramer wrote:
> 
> Mark, thanks for another intriguing observation - and outstanding sketch!
> We know you're risking a broken leg on that ladder, to share these subtle,
> detailed logs with us. :) I will keep my eye out for those two (probable)
> star-forming regions next time I get a chance to view M77 at altitude!
> 
> BTW, the DSS (Palomar Schmidt) image of M77 is JUST underexposed enough
> to show both of these two bright regions in interesting detail!
> 
> http://archive.stsci.edu/cgi-bin/dss_form?target=M77&resolver=SIMBAD
> 
> Clear skies,
> Lew Gramer
> 
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